Pink + Yellow Baby Announcements from Wiley Valentine

Rachelle from Wiley Valentine and Michael from Czar Press recently welcomed an adorable baby girl named Piper.  Of course, as a stationery designer and printer, respectively, the birth announcements that Rachelle and Michael created for Piper are truly something special.  I’m loving the balance of playful femininity with bright pops of color and vintage-inspired design elements.

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Rachelle created the design with beautiful flourishes and floral elements in bright tones of yellow and hot pink.

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Michael printed the announcements on a heavy 100% cotton stock, with edge painting also in bright pink and double-sided with custom printed envelope liners.

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Rachelle also sent over a few photos of Piper’s beautiful nursery, so check back soon for more photos!

{all images by Wiley Valentine}

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Classic Black + White Calligraphy

It’s a good day when I get to combine two of my favorite things – calligraphy and letterpress – in one post.  Nicole from The Left Handed Calligrapher sent over some beautiful wedding invitation envelopes and day-of stationery that she calligraphed for a recent bride, all created in a lovely and elegant black and white palette.

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From Nicole:  This bride was wonderful to work with and super great about her paper products – she wanted everything!  I calligraphed the addresses for her wedding invitation envelopes (the invitations are the Cartoccio design from Bella Figura).

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When it came time for the ceremony and reception stationery, I created a tall ceremony program, a menu with calligraphy seating assignments, and tented escort cards in the same calligraphy.  All letterpress printed on Crane 110lb 100% cotton Lettra paper in chic and sophisticated black and white.

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Nicole also calligraphed the guest book, which was actually a coffee table art book from the wedding venue, the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas.  Finally, Nicole created custom calligraphy thank you notes with the bride and groom’s married names and new address.

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So pretty Nicole!  If you’re looking for more pretty calligraphy eye candy, Nicole also has a gorgeous new website full of her beautiful calligraphy styles and portfolio – check it out right here!

{all images by Nicole Black}

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Beach-Inspired Wedding Invitations

Today’s second set of real wedding invitations come to us from Jocelyn Dunn, a freelance graphic designer in Los Angeles with a company called Petit Bureau that specializes in custom wedding & event invitations.  Jocelyn sent over her own wedding invitations, inspired by the beach and sun of her wedding venue in Malibu, California.  The invitations feature some of Jocelyn’s own illustrations along modern font selections for a modern and unique beach-inspired design.

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From Jocelyn: This invitation was for my own wedding, set at a beach club in Malibu.  The beach, sun, and sand are each a vital part of both of our lives, so we wanted to reflect those elements in the design without using cliché beach themed motifs.  I drew the illustrated elements to add a personal touch.

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The invitation set included a two-sided invitation with a Z-fold, along with a double-sided RSVP and a thank you card.  The main invitation folded out like a small poster and was intended to be something guests would tack up somewhere like on a bulletin board.

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Jocelyn mixed hand drawn elements (including the sun, flowers, fish, borders, and a map) with different font selections.

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The invitations were printed on Neenah Classic Laid Brushed Khaki 80# cover weight paper in orange, blue, and brown inks, with French Paper Pop Tone envelopes in Hot Fudge.

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So gorgeous!  For more from Jocelyn, you can check out her website and blog – thanks Jocelyn!

Don’t for­get to check out the real invi­ta­tions gallery for even more wed­ding invi­ta­tion inspiration!

{image credits: Christina Domingues}

Modern Foil Stamp Wedding Invitations

Dan and Barbara’s wedding invitations combine modern and romantic elements all together in one lovely design.  Dan, a graphic designer, incorporated black and white foil stamp text and wood veneer into the invitation design, along with gorgeous calligraphy details by Mara from Neither Snow.  Love it!

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From Dan:  The invitations were designed around a simple philosophy: present the information in an elegant and understated way, and allow the elegance of the occasion to speak from the moment our guests opened the envelopes.

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The invitations were triple bonded black paper, stamped with black and white foils.  The main invitation and save the dates were bonded with a wood backing – we choose Wenge for the save the dates and curly maple for the invitation.

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Dan worked with AccuColor Plus in Chicago on the invitation printing.  I love the subtle effect of the black foiling on black paper on the invitation enclosures, and the contrast with the white foil stamp text through the rest of the invitation.

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Gorgeous calligraphy on the outer envelopes from Neither Snow:

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Thank you so much Dan!

{image credits: Barbara Mouradian}

Mid Century Modern Wedding Invitations

So I don’t usually post this early, but these invitations by Erin at The Indigo Bunting are so amazing that I just couldn’t wait.  The entire design is totally bananas in the absolute best possible way – I mean, just look at that letterpress houndstooth pattern in the envelope liners!

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Totally awesome.  Design by Erin, letterpress printing by Coeur Noir Specialty Printers – read and see more over on The Indigo Bunting.  I’ll be back a bit later with more gorgeous wedding invitations!

{image credits: Erin Jang}